What we're about

Hi there & welcome to Gentle Jaunts.

As the name suggests, we meet up to go on walks which are not to difficult, and are conducted at a reasonable pace. The group is as much a social activity, as it is a form of exercise. We meet to enjoy each others company, as well as get exercise and fresh air.

A brief explanation of the route, distance, terrain and conditions, will be given for each walk. You should read this, and decide whether you are able to manage the walk. Having read this then come along with the correct clothing, footwear and equipment for the walk: that is do you need boots and warm waterproof clothing, or sun block and plenty of water. You will also be advised if there is refreshment available, or do you need to bring your own. It is your responsibility to come along properly equipped for the walk. If in doubt ask in the comments.

Gentle Jaunts has always welcomed people who bring their dogs along. However, anyone who brings a dog to the walk must keep it under proper safe control. Neither the dog or the walker should create a hazard or problem for others. No dog should be allowed to worry livestock, bite people or harass protected or vulnerable creatures. Should this type of behaviour occur, the walker and/or dog may be banned from the meet up, depending on the circumstances.

Gentle Jaunts is a not for profit organisation, in fact it costs myself and the other organisers to lead these activities. We do not carry public liability insurance, and are not liable for any loss, damage or injury incurred during our activities. No outdoor activity can be completely safe and free from hazard. It is therefor your own responsibility to make a judgment as to whether you are able to safely take part in any of our walks or activities.

Please avoid political discussions and certainly arguments, as your opinions may cause offence to others. Also do not use political logos either for that same reason.

Upcoming events (4)

*MIDDAY/MIDWEEK* Pentlands: Harlaw Reservoir + Harlaw Visitor Centre (Circular)

My thanks to Lorraine and Mags who have kindly offered to lead this walk🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️, Carol From the 44 bus terminus you'll be walking up 'Fairy Glen' and on to Harlaw Reservoir where you'll have a lunch break at the Visitors Centre (and make use of it's facilities) HARLAW RESERVOIR: * A small reservoir situated in the Pentland Hills near Malleny Mills. * It is located behind an earth gravity dam, constructed between 1843 and 1848. The work was commissioned by the Edinburgh Water Company as part of their scheme to provide water supplies to Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. HARLAW VISITOR CENTRE: is located next to Harlaw Reservoir on the Western Side of Regional Park. Free entry. * 24-hr accessible toilet * Displays, information and leaflets about the Park * Live bird nest camera * Wildlife garden adjacent to garden with picnic tables, pond and examples of good practice for creating your own wildlife garden The walk can be extended but Lorraine and Mags will decide that on the day based on what people's preferences are. This is a circular walk which will end up back at the 44 bus terminal. EXTRAS Bus: 44 https://www.lothianbuses.com/live-travel-info/journey-planner/ Attire: Dress to suit the weather and wear comfy walking shoes/boots Break: Bring a snack as you'll stop for a break Dogs: Welcome - may be required to be sometimes

*TURNER IN JANUARY* 2019 - only exhibited throughout January each year

A few of us are meeting to see the *Turner in January* exhibition (only on view in January) - perhaps you'd like to join us? WATERCOLOURS BY J.M.W. TURNER These works, bequeathed to the Galleries by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan, span Turner's career, from his early topographical wash drawings to his atmospheric sketches of continental Europe in the 1830s and '40s. Vaughan stipulated in his bequest that these delicate watercolours should be 'exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January', and his wishes have been faithfully adhered to for over 100 years. JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER: was perhaps the most prolific and innovative of all British artists to take inspiration from the landscape. HENRY VAUGHAN: who died aged 90 in 1899, inherited a fortune and spent it on philanthropy, travel and art. He met the elderly Turner in the 1840s and acquired watercolours in exceptional condition, of great variety. THE PAINTINGS: Some are highly finished, precisely delineated compositions, such as “Durham”, with the castle and cathedral towering over the light-drenched river Wear, and the golden-hued “Heidelberg”. Some are narrative, including illustrations for Walter Scott. Works on blue paper are intense colour studies: the transition from night to dawn on a bustling quay in “Harbour View”; the gleaming lake in “Lake Como”, its sparkle achieved by white paint mixed with watercolour. Afterwards we'll get together for a drink and a chat in 'The Booking Office' on the Waverley Bridge. EXTRAS * Getting there by bus: https://www.lothianbuses.com * Admission: FREE * Phone:[masked]‬ (I don't have a smart phone but call or text me if necessary)


Come join me on a visit to Dundee's landmark V&A Museum of Design and also to the RRS Discovery (across from the V&A). Add lunch at one of these two places and I think we’ll have the makings of another great 'Away Day' THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM OF DESIGN (V&A) * An international centre of design which explores Scotland's design heritage – its past, present and future. * It cost £80m and opened last Sept after 10 years of planning. * It is the first V&A anywhere in the world outside London. * Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who said the form was inspired by the cliffs on Scotland's north-eastern coastline. * Includes a main hall, learning centre, auditorium, temporary exhibition galleries and the permanent Scottish Design Galleries. * The temporary exhibition space is the largest of any museum in Scotland. * On the upper floor is a restaurant and outdoor terrace with views over the River Tay. Entrance to the museum is FREE V&A - 'OCEAN LINERS SPEED AND STYLE' EXHIBITION * V&A’s opening exhibition shows how ocean liners became one of the most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity. From Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, focussing on their promotion, engineering, interior design, as well as the lifestyle on board There is a charge for this exhibition £11 (Adult) and £9 (Concession) DISCOVERY POINT AND THE RRS DISCOVERY Discovery Point centres round Captain Scott of the Antarctic’s RRS Discovery. (Dundee built). A fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken. We can climb aboard and follow in the footsteps of Scott and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. Entrance Fee: Adult £11.25. Concession £8.75 (When you pay on your first visit the staff will offer you a free annual pass. which allows you to visit as often as you wish over the next 12 months, free of charge). ICE BOUND: ART EXHIBITION BY DARREN REES (in the café gallery at Discovery Point) Darren Rees received the coveted Artist in Residency honour from the Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute in 2015. His exhibition documents his journey in the far south with works depicting penguin colonies on the Falklands, Gypsy and Telephone Coves; albatross, petrel and shearwater encounters during the crossing of Drake Passage; elephant seal, blue-eyed shags and Adelie penguin residents of Rothera British Antarctic Survey base; and the unforgettable sight of whale-filled seas of Antarctica. Entrance to this exhibition is included in the Discovery Point entry fee. LUNCH - choice or cafe's and restaurant: * The Living Room café (V&A ground floor): for a quick snack, sweet treat or artisan coffee * The Tatha Bar & Kitchen (V&A upstairs) for seasonal, locally-sourced dishes and drinks. * Café at the Point (Discovery Point) GETTING TO DUNDEE 🚌Bus: Megabus Gold - leaves Edinburgh Gate F at 10:15am and arrives Dundee 11:45am (Book asap to ensure your seat at https://uk.megabus.com) 🚂Train:Leaves Edinburgh at 10:34 and arrives Dundee at 12:06 (Off peak Day return £28.90 (£19:10 with Rail Card) 🚙Car: Use postcode DD1 4EZ. No dedicated parking at the museum. For parking information see https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/city-development/roads-and-transportation/road-report/visitor-parking RETURN TO EDINBURGH 🚌Bus: Megabus leaves Dundee 5:45pm arrives Edinburgh 7:20pm 🚂Train: Leaves Dundee at 16:57 arrives Edinburgh at 18:41 🚂Train: Leaves Dundee at 18:18 arrives Edinburgh at 20:06 Phone:[masked]

February's Exploring Music' afternoon with Graeme

Edinburgh Society of Musicians

One of our members (Graeme Walker) is holding a series of 'EXPLORING MUSIC’ afternoons which several 'Gentle Jaunters' attend... and are thoroughly enjoying. He'd be pleased if you'd like to join him for an afternoon aimed at folk who enjoy music but would like to know a bit more about the composers, background etc. "The setting is amazing...a lovely drawing room overlooking the Dean village" As well as classical, he’ll cover other genres of music too. He’ll play cd's and DVD's as well as the £76,000 Steinway and talk about the background to the music. He hopes several of you may become interested in going as a group to concerts over these dreary winter months by introducing you to some of the music and composers. Wine, coffee and nibbles will be provided. There is an £8 charge As this afternoon is an offshoot of 'Gentle Jaunts' anyone wanting further information should contact Graeme directly, by email, at [masked]... or post a message to him here. He'll be adding his own comments relating to the afternoon... so check back regularly. Previous Comments from those who've attended before: "Looking forward to a the next year of Exploring Music! Such an eclectic mix of music, audio, video and live music makes this a unique meet up for everyone who loves music and enjoys a lazy Sunday afternoon discovering new musical gems and gaining insights into the world of composers and performers Extremely convivial. Thank you Graeme" (Nicky) "Thanks Graham for this wonderfully structured afternoon. That's what a good and entertaining lesson in history of music could look like. I'm looking forward to the next edition in September" (Anna)

Past events (543)

Mount Maw from West Linton

Gordon Arms Hotel

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